24 June 2008

X-Ray Art

This site is worth a look. Lots of artful and fascinating X-ray "photos" of real-world scenes.

For example, a hangared Boeing 777:
I have no idea how this guy gets these images, but they are amazing.


  1. I was going to call a "code fake in column one" because the 747 one looked like a 3D wireframe model rendered without textures, but then I took a look at the rest of the pictures and was completely amazed! I particularly love the one of a gift wrapped pair of woman's shoes; the contrast between the soft and hard elements was brilliant!

    Good find, thanks for sharing, even though it's not about "moving meat". :)

  2. It might be some type of backscatter x-ray. The same way they bust people trying to import drugs and people...

    Those photos are amazing. Here are some less artistic but practical uses...


  3. No, there's something odd about the plane image.
    1 the roof appears as a cross section yet the lamp fitting fade into the distance with a perspective element. Hard to see how that happens with either rays from behind or rays in front (backscatter).
    2. interesting how the bone structure of the peopleshows up through the metal. IIRC my training there are four densities: air, water, bone, metal. Ever seen bone through metal on a clinical film.
    Pretty pictures but manipulated.

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  5. I am quite skeptical. In the radiograph of the loader on the front of the page, each individual knob on the tire is very light, while the bucket and the lift arms are very dense. Now, it could be a microfocus tube, a mountain of film, and and awful lot of patience, but I doubt you could get a single image of something that big without a whole lot of geometric unsharpness making a mess of things. I could be persuaded, provided he showed me how he did it, but I for the moment am unconvinced. (This from a guy who has a digitally manipulated radiograph of a F/A-18 airframe part as his desktop wallpaper) (Reposted for a typo, sorry)

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  7. The artist, Nick Veasey, makes no secret of how he does his art. A Science Friday video shows his lab, and explains how he put together in Photoshop over 1000 radiographs of airplane parts and skeletons to get the image of the 777.


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